We all know Superman has Jewish roots, but until today I never thought about whether he was circumcised. Now, of course, I am having many deep thoughts about Supermanâ€™s package, and his bulletproof foreskin. What brought this on? A missive from Comic-Con co-founder and letterer Shel Dorf to legendary DC Comics editor Julie Schwartz.
Read the text of the letter over at Letters of Note. There are also questions about whether Superman had a bar mitzvah (â€œToday I am a (Super)man.â€) and whether Lois Lane was a fellow Jew. How come no one sends me letters like this?
Pronounced: bar MITZ-vuh, also bar meetz-VAH, Origin: Hebrew, Jewish rite of passage for a 13-year-old boy.
Pronounced: MITZ-vuh or meetz-VAH, Origin: Hebrew, commandment, also used to mean good deed.